Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate becomes her soul mate. But when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation.

Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past.

Following her smash-hit debut Wasted, Kate Tempest’s incendiary new play combines lyrical fireworks with exhilarating live music. Wasted premiered in Birmingham prior to a highly-acclaimed national tour and sell-out London run so don’t miss this opportunity to see Kate’s explosive new work here first.


“All three actors are outstanding.”
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The Public Reviews

“The production is acted with a simple lucidity that, arrow-like, wings its way straight to the heart. And when the music and poetry kick in, the play sings and soars, a little shard of lyrical brilliance.”
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The Times

“Tempest’s play is a thing of passion and power – in her world music might not be able to heal all but it can bring hope.”
The Stage

“The dynamic between Chess and Serena (prickly, playful and charged) and between Chess and Silver (wary but full of guarded respect) is beautifully charted, in both the writing and the performances.”
The Guardian

“Wilkin, Laird and Ikumelo are tremendous – their raspingly textured performances perfectly meshed.”
The Observer

“An intelligent, superbly observed play, filled with first hand insight and sprinkled with surprising and spontaneous laughs.”
BBC Shropshire

“Amanda Wilkin gave a standout performance as Chess.”
Birmingham Mail

“A searing, witty and moving play well worth making the journey to see, if not at The Door, then as it tours the UK.”

“An uplifting, moving piece, rendered exhilarating by the performances of the excellent cast.”
Bum On A Seat

Director – James Grieve
Assistant Director – Stef O’Driscoll
Musical Director – Tom Attwood
Movement Director – Georgina Lamb
And thanks to Kwake for providing a music session

This production and the subsequent UK tour is supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

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The DOOR at The REP

  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The REP’s smallest auditorium. The DOOR seats 140 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front.

    A highly intimate space, The DOOR has been dedicated to new plays since 1998 and has seen many world premieres!

    Because entry to the auditorium stands on the very edge of the performance space, absolutely no latecomers can be admitted to shows in The DOOR!

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
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